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Kid-Friendly Recipes for a Healthier Summer

Are you looking for healthier tastier choices at mealtime this summer? I’ve put together a roundup of family-friendly recipes that include better-for-you takes on favorites such tacos, sloppy Joes and ice cream.

Eggplant Bolognese

Perhaps it’s the looser schedule, the longer days or the heat, but my kids are continually requesting snacks and special treats this summer. Just this morning, my two-year old asked for a snack instead of breakfast. Um, no. 

In addition to making sure they are hydrated, I try and thwart their ongoing requests for special treats with sliced veggies and fruit readily available at home, popcorn and dried fruit in single-serving containers in the car, and meals based on whole grains, plant-based proteins and lots of fresh fruit and veggies.

Are you looking for healthier tastier choices at mealtime this summer? I’ve put together a roundup of family-friendly Health Starts Here® recipes. Health Starts Here is a mindful approach to healthy eating that’s rooted in simple ways to build better meals. Each recipe meets the following:

  • They’re made using whole foods. These are ingredients in their purest, unprocessed forms such as an asparagus spear, a lemon slice, a scoop of quinoa or a fillet of salmon. 

  • They’re plant-strong™. The fiber, protein and phytonutrients in Health Starts Here recipes come from the healthiest source — plants!

  • They only contain healthy fats. You won’t find any extracted oils or processed fats in these recipes. The only fats in them come from the healthiest sources: nuts, seeds and avocados.

  • They’re nutrient dense. A variety of nutrients – such as vitamins, minerals and phytonutrients – are essential for good health.

Dive in and get inspired!
Breakfast

Strawberry Smash Parfait

 

Veggie and Tofu Scramble

 

Mains

Avocado, Lettuce and Tomato Pita Pockets

  

Snacks

Strawberry Almond Butter Smoothie

 

Creamy Cherry Dip

 

Dessert

Banana Nice Cream

 

Red, White and Blue Fruit Salad

 For more recipes, tips, healthy cooking techniques and videos, visit our Healthy Eating resources.

What are your favorite better-for-you recipes this summer? Share in the comments. 

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